Drawn back to the coast after years living inland, I found myself in Norfolk ten years ago it’s a haven for wildlife and nature, and the perfect location for my first homeware store. I was so fortunate to find a little unused building on a working farm here at Drove Orchards. Right on the coast road, the building had been used for packing mushrooms in the 50’s and offered a light, rustic home for me to develop my business. Dealing solely in rustic, vintage homewares I grew the business and soon ran out of room in my beautiful but ramshackle house.
With the move to a new build, much larger premises on the same site I had developed a much more defined look, undertaking several interior styling projects I was drawn to a far more neutral pallet with emphasis on texture rather than colour, it was time for a change, and with a lump in my throat moved out of the shed and into my gorgeous new home.
Joyful Living has been trading from the new barn now for almost five years, and I’ve been here trading for 10 amazing years. My interior style continues to elvolve and change, but my signature style will always be a neutral colour palette which you will see at the store along with great merchandising, pops of colour, surprising brands and always great scents. Jess and I work really hard to ensure our customers have a great experience when shopping with us and are always on hand to advise and help.
I live just minutes from the store with my darling corgi Mabel, you will often see her meeting and greeting during your visit. I travel regularly, seeking inspiration and sourcing new products to bring back to Joyful Living.
After years working in the PR industry, I longed to be back in rural Norfolk where I could rediscover my creativity and inspiration. I moved back with my husband, Ted and we enjoy our new life with our golden Cocker Spaniel, Cooper.
I’ve always had a keen interest in interiors and styling and understand the importance of a well put together room scheme. After all, coming back to a relaxed and calming space after a long day at work is so important.
You will find me at the store midweek, merchandising and creating new displays, unboxing deliveries and taking photos for social media. This is updated everyday as we always have new and exciting stock landing so keep up to date with us.